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24 October – 7 November 2021

Sunday 24 October – Sunday XXX
10:00am
Open for pre-booked attendance only
6:30pm
Open for pre-booked attendance only
Monday 25
12:15pm
Public Mass
Tuesday 26 – SS Chad and Cedd Bps
12:15pm
Public Mass
Wednesday 27
10:00am
Requiem Mass – pre-booked attendance only
David Kelly
7:00pm
Public Mass
Stephen Nunney
Thursday 28 – SS Simon and Jude, Apostles
12:15pm
Public Mass
7:00pm
Extraordinary Form – Public Mass
Friday 29
12:15pm
Public Mass
Saturday 30 – The Martyrs of Douai College
9:15am
Public Mass
Sunday 31 – All Saints Day
10:00am
Open for pre-booked attendance only
6:30pm
Open for pre-booked attendance only
Monday 1 November
9:15am
Public Mass
Tuesday 2
12:15pm
Public Mass
For all the faithful departed
Wednesday 3
7:00pm
Public Mass
Angie Tudhope
Thursday 4
12:15pm
Public Mass
The Rowley Family
Friday 5
12:15pm
Public Mass
Margaret Tunney (A)
Saturday 6
9:15am
Public Mass
Sunday 7
10:00am
Open for pre-booked attendance only
6:30pm
Open for pre-booked attendance only

Your faith has saved you

In today’s Gospel, a blind man recognises who Jesus is. Bartimaeus addresses Jesus as ‘Son of David,’ and as ‘Rabbuni’ – Teacher. Bartimaeus is a beggar, pushed to the edges of society. People would look down on him because of his disability. Even when he cries out to Jesus, many in the crowd scold him and try to shut him up. But Jesus sees Bartimaeus, and heals him, telling him, ‘Your faith has saved you.’ The blind man knew that Jesus had the power to heal him, while Jesus’ own disciples showed again and again that they had not understood his teaching. 

Jesus not only gives Bartimaeus his sight, but also his dignity. While others ignored the blind beggar and tried to silence him, Jesus had compassion for him. Mark tells us that Bartimaeus became a disciple of Jesus on the spot, and ‘followed him along the road.’ The road would lead to Jerusalem and Jesus’ death on the Cross. Bartimaeus would be there.

There are many people who are pushed to the edges of our society, ignored and despised. As Christians, we should see them and care for them, as Jesus does.

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday is celebrated this Sunday (24th October). Please pray for the work of missionaries, sharing God’s love with those most in need, and support the collection in aid of Missio. www.missio.org.uk  

Bishop Robert Byrne CO will concelebrate the 6.30pm Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, at 6.30pm today. Fr. Anthony Chantry MHM, National Director of Missio, will preach at the Mass, which will be live streamed on the cathedral’s YouTube channel.

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission

Synod of Bishops 2023; For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission. Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to begin a process of listening and discernment, in preparation for the Synod of Bishops to be held in 2023. Every member of the Church is asked to contribute to this synodal process, which will begin in each diocese in October 2021. Details of the  process in our diocese will be announced shortly.

Pope Francis has asked the whole Church: How do we journey together as a local church, and what steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? We are asked to reflect on this question as a parish and as a partnership. Watch out for announcements on how you can take part in the process and have your say.

Young Adults Prayer Group

Young Adults (including students) from across the area are invited for a time of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament with some music and reflection. Held every Monday in term time from 7.00pm to 8.00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Worswick Street, Newcastle, followed by social time in a local pub. Drop in for a few minutes even if you cannot stay for the whole hour!

Centre for Catholic Studies

Paradox and Prophecy: The second online conference on Lived Catholicism, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University on 15-16 November. Details and registration at https://livedcatholicism2.eventbrite.co.uk

Catholic Theology Research Seminar: Training the Soul: A Black Theological Journey Through The Spiritual Exercises presented by Dr Andrew Prevot (Boston College.) Thursday 4 November at 5pm, online. Everyone is welcome: please register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com

Afghanistan and Haiti

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world.

In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, CAFOD are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities.

In Haiti, CAFOD are working with local Church organisations to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm.

You can read more about CAFOD’s work with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news Your compassion, generosity and prayers help us stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times, Thank you.

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve

As Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem with the twelve apostles, he told them clearly what was waiting for him; betrayal, suffering and death on the Cross. The apostles didn’t want to hear the message – or perhaps they weren’t ready to accept it, as we see in today’s Gospel reading. Immediately after Jesus has warned the disciples of what he must suffer, James and John come to him, and ask for a special favour; the places of honour in his kingdom. They are thinking of Jesus as a worldly king, like Herod or Caesar, and they hope to secure a special place for themselves when he comes to power. The other ten apostles must be thinking in the same way, for they feel ‘indignant’ with the two brothers – perhaps wishing that they had thought to ask Jesus first.

Jesus calls the twelve apostles together, to teach them that, if they are to be leaders in his kingdom, they must follow his example. He has come not to be served, but to serve, and he will give his life to save us from our sins. 

To be a leader in the Church is to be a servant of God’s people. Pope Francis shows us an example of Christian leadership. If, instead of serving others, we are seeking power and glory for ourselves, then we are not listening to the teaching of Christ.

Readers Rota

We intend to commence a rota for readers at the 10am Mass from Sunday 24th October. We asked a little while ago for readers (new and not so new) to indicate whether they were willing to continue with this ministry and thank you to those who responded. If anybody else would like to join the rota, please contact andydoyle1066@sky.com as soon as possible, also commenting whether you would like some training for the role.

Diocesan Year of the Eucharist

Bishop Robert has announced the Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and will be launched during Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 17 October, simultaneously with the launch of the Synod. You can watch a live stream of the Mass on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/StMarysRCCathedralNewcastle

The aims of the Year of the Eucharist are:

To celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back.

To grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.

To deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.

To revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.

To go out and serve the world through the nourishment of the Eucharist.

The Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Episcopal Areas, Partnerships, Parishes and Schools and will provide a framework of prayer for the Diocese’s participation in the first stage of the Synod.